Italian businessman who plotted his personal kidnap in Syria and was promised ‘ladies, alcohol and medicines’ throughout faux captivity was really seized for REAL and held for 3 years earlier than being freed after which charged with fraud in Italy
- Businessman Alessandro Sandrini was informed a gang would take him to luxurious villa
- He thought the crew deliberate to make hundreds of thousands in ransom from Italy’s authorities
- Mr Sandrini was taken to Adana – in Turkey – however was offered to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
- He was let loose in Could 2019 amid claims his authorities had paid for his ransom
- Sergio Zanotti tried an identical trick however was taken to Antioch in April 2016 and offered
An Italian businessman who orchestrated his personal kidnapping in Syria was snatched by jihadists for actual and held for 3 years, an investigation has discovered.
Alessandro Sandrini, 34, had been informed a gang would take him to a fancy villa the place he might get pleasure from ‘every part he wanted’ together with ‘ladies, alcohol and medicines’.
He thought the abductors deliberate to make hundreds of thousands in ransom from the Italian authorities.
Mr Sandrini was taken to Adana in Turkey however was offered to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham – a Syrian terrorist group – in October 2016.
The jihadists despatched out a sickening image of the struggling businessman on his knees in an orange jumpsuit as two Islamists stood behind him with weapons.
He was let loose almost three years later in Could 2019 amid claims his authorities paid the ransom.
Alessandro Sandrini (pictured) had been informed a gang would take him to a fancy villa the place he might get pleasure from ‘every part he wanted’ together with ‘ladies, alcohol and medicines’
He thought the abductors deliberate to make hundreds of thousands in ransom from the Italian authorities. he’s pictured simply after his launch
On his launch two years in the past, Mr Sandrini claimed he had been on vacation in Turkey when he was snatched.
He mentioned on the time: ‘I misplaced my strategy to the lodge and located myself strolling across the streets of Adana.
‘I felt somebody placing one thing on my face. I felt drugged and I fell asleep. I wakened in a room the place there have been two individuals who had been armed and hooded.’
On the time of the kidnap Mr Sandrini was confronted an arrest warrant for dealing with stolen items and one other for a housebreaking.
And he was this week charged for fraud and simulating against the law after an investigation was launched into his disappearance.
On his launch two years in the past (pictured), Mr Sandrini claimed he had been on vacation in Turkey when he was snatched
Sergio Zanotti tried an identical trick as he was taken to Antioch in April 2016 – anticipating cash from a black market Iraqi forex buying and selling deal.
However he was additionally offered to terrorists and was held till April 2019 when the Italian secret service negotiated his launch – reportedly paying a ransom. He’s underneath investigation in Italy.
Police mentioned a 3rd businessman was approached about making the journey to Turkey, however pulled out on the final minute when he refused to board a airplane.
The weird story emerged after Italian anti-terrorism police and the Carabinieri launched a probe into the kidnappings.
They arrested three alleged members of the kidnap gang – Italian Alberto Zanini, 54, and Albanians Fredi Frrokaj, 43, and Olsi Mitraj, 41 – in Brescia, northern Italy.
Sergio Zanotti (pictured) tried an identical trick as he was taken to Antioch in April 2016 anticipating cash from a black market Iraqi forex buying and selling deal
The three males – with Frrokaj as their chief – had associates in Turkey who carried out the kidnapping and handed the 2 Italians over to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
One among Mr Sandrini’s ex-girlfriends was additionally in on his unique money-making scheme.
She informed native media: ‘Throughout the drive to the airport he stored telling me that I ought to keep calm, as a result of when he received residence we might have a great deal of cash that might come from the overseas ministry as ransom for his launch.’
She added: ‘Earlier than he left, he assured me that if I stored up the charade along with his household, the newspapers and the police, €100,000 (£85,000) can be mine.’